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Bluegrass fans invited to Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble Barn Dance Jan. 4

Bill Knowlton, host of WCNY’s “Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble,” presents his annual Bluegrass Ramble Barn Dance from 1 to 4 p.m. Jan 4, for the first time in WCNY’s new Broadcast and Education Center studios, located at 415 W. Fayette St., in Syracuse.

The concert is free and open to the community.

The Barn Dance will feature six of the region’s best bluegrass acts including Diamond Someday, Delaney Brothers, Mark Allnatt Band, The Easy Ramblers, Rebecca Colleen and the Chore Lads and Larry Hoyt & The Good Acoustics. The concert and recording of the Barn Dance will mark the 41st anniversary of Knowlton’s radio program and will be broadcast from 9 p.m. to midnight Jan. 19 on WCNY-FM.

Also for the first time, WCNY will invite aspiring musicians to a Bluegrass workshop prior to the Barn Dance from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Guitarists Joe Davoli and Nick Piccininni will hold educational Bluegrass jam sessions in WCNY’s lobby. The workshop is free and open to the public.

“Bill Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble” is Central New York’s first all-bluegrass and old-time acoustic country music radio show. Knowlton, known as “Mr. Bluegrass of Central New York,” hosted the first all-bluegrass radio show in New York City in 1960. Knowlton started his show on WCNY-FM in January 1973.

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